Techniques used in Shakespeares Macbeth

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In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the dramatic techniques of language, stagecraft and symbolism are hugely important in portraying the themes and characters which the play is centered around. The play, being centered around Macbeth’s story, uses the above dramatic techniques to allow the responder to better understand Macbeth. For example, during the second scene, Macbeth is spoken of as “…brave Macbeth- well he deserves that name…” This allowing us as the responder to comprehend the fact that Macbeth is highly respected for his bravery. However, comparing the above quote with the one much later in the play “…wayward son, spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do, loves for his own ends, not for you.” We understand that Macbeth’s character has undergone such a dramatic change in only a short while. Previously a brave and noble knight, Macbeth’s vaulting ambition ha Continue...


Another way language is used in the text can be perceived when reading the witches' couplet: "Fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air. The first line is communicating the fact that things are not what they seem (which is, in fact, one of the themes of the play). Shakespeare used a variety of stagecraft techniques in Macbeth. This gives the scene an eerie feeling. s caused his mind to deteriorate in such a way that he now uses evil deeds (primarily murder) to achieve his own ambitions. It allows the responder to know more than Lady Macbeth's fellow characters. This quote illustrates to the responder the fact that while Lady Macbeth appears to be so feminine and such a magnanimous host, she is actually plotting to murder three of her guests. Perhaps the most outstanding example of this is the scene in which Macbeth hallucinates the dagger with which he is to kill Duncan with in front of him. Through the mentioned examples and many other incidents in the play, Macbeth uses a wide range of language, stagecraft and symbolism techniques in order to portray the themes and characters in the play to the responder. Her speech: "...Come you spirits, that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here. Other symbols used in this play are the witches. The dagger is used to portray the internal conflict Macbeth is feeling inside due to his plans for the future. Banquo's ghost symbolises Macbeth's guilty conscience and the horror he feels at himself and his actions. It tells the reader that (once again) all is not as it seems.